Before: Cold DungeonThis couple is, quite frankly, embarrassed by their basement. With the big-screen TV and sports memorabilia, Greg admits that it's more his room than his wife Lucie's. The colors are cold and bland, but they have been reluctant to use any real color in this basement for fear of making the small space feel smaller and low ceilings lower. Can host Jane Lockhart transform this dark basement into a sunny retreat?
The room has some nice features, such as a fireplace and big-screen TV. But in their desperate attempt to bring a sunny Florida feel to their dark dungeon, the couple put a lighted, animated pink flamingo (Francis) and lighted palm tree in one corner. The hand-me-down white couches, massive black TV center and gray walls give the room a chill.
After: Sunny RetreatAgainst the yellow walls, the carpet looks pale and dingy, so it's replaced with a pecan-colored vinyl that looks like real hardwood; this technologically advanced material can be glued directly to the concrete floor, repels moisture (often a concern in basements) and comes in a multitude of colors and wood types. The fireplace is painted a glossy black to create greater impact so that it will become more of a focal point.
Next, one of the couches is cut in half with a power saw to create two chairs. New arms and chocolate brown upholstery complete the recycled chairs. The other couch is reupholstered in a vibrant red fabric for a warm punch of energy. A rug in the fireplace area divides it from the TV area. Graceful Southern accessories complete the warm, sunny design.
Did You Know? Yellow pigment reflects more ambient light, so it often turns out brighter and more intense than it looks on a small paint chip.